Slovak Students to Represent Slovakia in Law Competition in Washington

At the end of February, young talented students of law competed in Bratislava to become the Slovak national champion of the prestigious “Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.” The winning team will represent Slovakia in the White & Case International Rounds in Washington D.C.

The competition is one of the largest and most prestigious events of this type in the world and features the participation of young law students from more than 500 universities worldwide. At first, teams comprised of three to five students compete in the national round, with the winner advancing to the large international finals in the Unites States.

Although the competition focuses on international public law, the practical experience and skills which the students obtain from this competition will open the door to specialty of their choice after they graduate.
 
When preparing for the competition, students learn to think precisely, to analyze legal sources and authorities, to prepare conclusive argumentations of legal texts and to sharpen their professional speaking and performance skills. Since the entire competition is conducted in English, they also improve their English skills.

Two ambitious teams from two significant Slovak law faculties - the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava and the Faculty of Law of Pan-European University in Bratislava met in the Slovak national round. The competing students definitely experienced adrenaline moments, as for some this was their first public performance of this type. However, they managed to overcome their stage fright and demonstrated their legal talent and rhetorical skills in front of a capacity audience in the courtroom of the Faculty of Law of Comenius University.
 
The three-member jury comprised of Slovak and foreign experts with extensive experience in national organizations, supranational law firms and academic institutions didn’t hold back. They asked the students many questions in order to check consistency of their arguments and to probe the depth of their knowledge.

The students were required to master many areas of international law. This year’s task (i.e., fictive litigation between two fictive countries) involved many current legal issues, such as the protection of the environment and natural resources, cultural heritage protection and exercising the rights to cultural monuments, protection of the rights of minorities and original inhabitants, enshrining the right to water in national and international law and the possibility to provide compensation to countries affected by the consequences of the inflow of migrants (the full version of the competition case can be found here).
 
The two rounds of oral arguments were followed by an awards ceremony and reception in the law offices of the proud partner of the national round - White & Case Bratislava. The team from the Law Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava was awarded the winning trophy. Awards were also presented to the best oralist from each team – Romana Fridriková from Comenius University and Demian Boška from Pan-European University.
 
Now the team from the Law Faculty of Comenius University in Bratislava can thoroughly prepare to represent Slovakia at the White & Case International Rounds which will take place from April 9, 2017 to April 15, 2017 in Washington D.C., where the force of the legal arguments of the participants will be assessed by the most qualified experts from various parts of the world, including judges from the International Court of Justice.

We congratulate the winning team and all of the participating students. We are confident that, also in some small way thanks to this competition, they will become successful lawyers who will further enhance our Slovak (and European) legal environment.

For further information please contact Lenka Fučíková at lenka.fucikova@whitecase.com or +421 (2)5441 5100.

Photo by Daša Šimeková

 
 
 
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